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Your house is one of those rare possessions that isn’t just something you own, it is an investment, as well. What’s more is that this investment is unlike any other that you have. It’s something that has a value, which is very much in your control. Sure, property prices do fluctuate on their own, but the work that you put into your home has the ability to greatly increase your final selling price.

It’s All About Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they come to view your house. This first impression is so important that a BMO study found that 80 percent of likely buyers know if the house is right as soon as they step through the front door. This means that...

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Water, if left unchecked, is perhaps the greatest enemy to homeowners. Over time, the damage that water can do to your home’s exterior, and eventually its interior, can be catastrophic. That’s why we take steps to prevent our homes from the damage that prolonged exposure to water can bring about.

No matter what season we are in, your home is always going to be pelted with some form of water. Whether it is rain, snow, sleet or hail, water is a concern that shouldn’t be taken lightly all year round.

So, how should homeowners protect their houses from the effects of water damage? Thankfully, there are many steps that you take can take reduce your chances of costly repairs.

Start From the Top and Work Your Way Down

Your roo...

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It’s summer, and it’s the perfect time to sit outside with your family and friends to enjoy the weather (especially before we are subjected to the Minnesota winter weather again). When it comes to grilling and hanging out in your backyard, there is no better place to do it than your deck.

While the basis of decks is pretty simple, they can come in virtually any design, and while there are popular trends that pop up here and there, sometimes you find a few gems that stand out above the rest.

As deck builders, we have seen a whole host of deck designs (and built quite a few of them ourselves), each one as unique as the others. So, if you are looking to have a one-of-a-kind deck that is unique only to your house, use some of the...

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When was the last time you took a close look at the siding of your home? Because you likely spend much of your time indoors, it’s easy to forget that the exterior of your house is just as important as the interior.

Even if you are content with the weathered look of your house’s exterior, it is important to remember that siding is much more than a superficial covering that gives your home its aesthetic charm. It is also a protective layer that prevents the elements from damaging everything you own. Most importantly, it prevents moisture from building up and causing mold, mildew and rot that can eat away at your house’s structural integrity

Maybe it’s time to replace your siding, after all. But how do you know when ...

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Your house is the shield that protects you from all sorts of severe weather. Unfortunately for your home’s exterior, that means being constantly pelted by rain, snow and occasionally hail. While this is better than having chunks of ice rain down upon you and your family, it can do quite a bit of damage to your roof and siding.

Unlike your car, you can’t just hastily throw a protective tarp over your home or business (if you can, file a patent for your invention immediately). Hail damage is likely to occur at least once in your life.

What to do if you discover hail damage

If, after a rather severe storm, you emerge from your home or business to discover hail damage, it can be rather disconcerting, but that doesn’t mean y...

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There’s nothing like adding the perfect deck to your yard. The trouble lies in finding the right style that perfectly compliments the exterior of your home. Not all houses are alike, you see, and there isn’t a one-size-fits all deck to rule them all.

Over the years, many styles have come into the industry while others deservedly went the way of the dinosaurs. There are also decking styles that have quickly risen in popularity while other are old favorites that never go out of style.

It can be overwhelming, following all these new and old trends, finding the ones you like, and making a decking decision. That’s why the deck builders at Hoyt have come together to create a nifty little guide that can help you to decide whic...

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A house is essentially useless without a sturdy roof over your head. It keeps you warm in the winter, dry in the spring, cool in the summer and prevents you from having to rake leaves off your carpet in the fall.

Although the quality of roofing shingles has greatly increased over the years, nothing lasts forever. You will eventually have to replace your roof when it becomes too old.


But how do you know when your roof is showing signs of wear?

You don’t have to wait until rainwater is literally pouring in through your ceiling to call a roofing contractor in the Twin Cities. Instead, you should make it a point to inspect the quality of your roof at least once a year.

Go On Up and Have a Look

The easiest way to tell if you’re in need of a new roof is to get on up there and have a look. Trust us, you don’t need to have any background in roofing repair to spot the signs of wear. Simply inspect your roof for any signs of:

  • Cracked, split or brittle shingles and tiles.

  • Shingles whose edges have begun to curl, bend or warp.

  • Missing shingles or holes.

  • Shingles that have begun to shed their granules (they look like grains of sand) and have become bald. (Check your gutters for accumulations of shingle granules.)

  • Dark spots or streaks of water damage.

  • Algae, mold or moss growth.

  • Gaps in the sealing around chimneys and other exterior vents.

  • Damage from termites and other bugs (if you have wood shakes).

A Look From Within

If your house is equipped with an attic space, and if you are deathly afraid of heights, you can still see signs of wear on your roof from the inside. So take a trip on up to your attic and inspect the interior of your roof with a flashlight and look for signs of:

  • Water damage or rot in the wood.

  • Moisture or dampness in the insulation.

  • Bent boards or drooping spots on the ceiling.

  • Leaking through the roof boards.

  • Streams of light emanating from between the roof boards.

Time Will Always Tell

Even if you live in an area that isn’t particularly known for harsh weather conditions, most experts recommend that you replace your roof every 20 to 25 years. If you’ve had your house for that long, or know that the shingles on your current house are that old, it is a great idea to have them inspected for signs of wear.

When looking for roofing contractors in the Twin Cities, your choices may be numerous, but no one has the reputation of Hoyt Exteriors. Family owned and operated, we have generations of experience in roof repair and replacement. One call is all it takes to put you on the path to the comfortable house you’ve always wanted!

What other signs help you spot a roof that’s in need of repair? Comment below to share your ideas and stories!

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